James Hanvey SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 1975 and was ordained in 1983. His D.Phil (Oxon) was on the subject of constructing a contemporary metaphysics of the doctrine of the Trinity in Hegel, Barth and Rahner. After a period as Headmaster of the Jesuit St Aloysius’ College, Glasgow, he taught systematic theology at Heythrop College, University of London, where he was also Head of the Department of Christian Doctrine and Founding Director of the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life. He has also been a theological consultant to the Bishops of England and Wales and has held the Veale Chair in Ignatian Spirituality at Milltown Park, Dublin. After serving at the University of San Francisco as the Lo Schiavo Professor of Catholic Social Thought, he was appointed Master of Campion Hall in 2013 and served this role until 2018.
His recent writings include ‘Dignity, Person, Imago Trinitatis’, in Understanding Human Dignity (ed. Christopher McCrudden, 2013); and ‘For the Life of the World’ in The Second Vatican Council (ed. Gavin D’Costa and Emma Jane Harris, 2013). In systematics he has been working on a new book on ‘The Witness of the Spirit: the Pneumatological ground of Catholic Social Thought’ and developing a theology of integral ecology cf. Laudato Si and the Renewal of The Theologies of Creation (Heythrop Journal, Nov. 2018). With Travis LaCouter, James is also editing a collection of essays, ‘Id Quod Volo - Desire in the Spiritual Exercises.’ He participates in an international workshop, ’The Gift of Discernment’ based at Campion Hall which hopes to publish papers from the discussions in 2019/20.